Notes From Haiti

Although Haiti has slipped into the background lately, many in healthcare are still traveling there to do what they can.  Here are three insights from physicians who’ve served there recently.

  • Many international physicians traveling to the country have unintentionally displaced Haitian healthcare providers, making it hard for them to earn much-needed income.
  • Haitian Christians personally injured in the tragedy have modeled tremendous joy in Christ to those serving them.  This unexpected response has made a real impact on many healthcare providers.
  • One physician noted a connection between the animistic, voodoo-based religion many Haitians still practice, and the challenges Haiti is experiencing in response to the disaster.  Why?  Because this form of religion is deterministic (i.e., “what will be, will be”), those who practice it tend to be passive in their approach to problem-solving.  By way of contrast, those coming from a Judeo-Christian perspective have within their worldview (even if they don’t practice it consistently) resources that tell them they can make a real difference.  As a result, they are working creatively and energetically to improve the current situation.

About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (, I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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